Ipomoea alba L.

 
  • Family : CONVOLVULACEAE
    (Morning-Glory Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : KALADANA FAMILY (कालादाना फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : CONVOLVULACEAE
  • Synonym(s) : Ipomoea bona-nox L.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Ipomoea alba L.
  • Common name : Moonflower, Koali-pehu
  • Vernacular name : Naganamukkorai (Tamil); Nagaramukkatte, Panditivankaya (Telugu); Kunja-lata (Oria); Chandrakanthi, Mandavalli (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Liana
  • Habitat : Moist deciduous forests, also along sea coasts
  • Comments / notes : On hills above 800m, also cultivated
  • Key identification features : Flowers open at night and close at 11 am
  • Flower, Fruit : September-February
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : East Godavari district, Vishakapatnam district
    • Kerala : Kannur district, Wayanad district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Alappuzha district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district
    • Odisha : Ganjam district, Koraput district
    • Tamil Nadu : Dindigul district, Coimbatore district
  • Native : Tropical America
  • World Distribution : Naturalized in tropics
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Ipomoea alba. Downloaded on 20 October 2020.

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